During the week of September 21st 2015 – September 27th 2015, the Kitimat RCMP responded to 71 calls for service, some of which are as follows:
On Monday September 21st 2015, a report was received of a female that was observed on the side of Hwy 37 near the cemetery. The caller was concerned for the female’s safety as she had no reflective clothing on and could be struck by a passing vehicle in the dark. The female who had been out at the jumping bridge drinking with friends, was located and transported to her home in the Kitamaat Village where she was attempting to walk to.
On Tuesday September 22nd 2015, the Kitimat General Hospital reported that a male who was committed under the Mental Health Act had left the facility and were asking that the police locate the patient and return him to the hospital. The male patient was eventually located and apprehended without incident to be returned to the hospital.
On Wednesday September 23rd 2015, a report of a domestic assault was received. The male caller stated his spouse had assaulted him and had fled with one of the couple’s children. Members attended, investigated the matter and arrested the female who was released from custody with a court date and no contact conditions.
On Thursday September 24th 2015, a report was received of a mischief to a trailer parked down by the big Spruce off Dyke Rd. The trailer had been unoccupied for a few days and during that time, someone had smashed three windows with possibly an axe that was found laying nearby. Nothing was taken from the trailer however a substantial amount was damage was done. The incident remains under investigation.
On the evening of Friday September 25th 2015, a report of shots fired on Forest Ave was reported to the Kitimat RCMP Detachment. The caller reported hearing gun shots and thought that someone was shooting a high powered rifle and at least 6 bullets had struck a metal building located up the road from the caller’s location. Members immediately responded and a vehicle stop was conducted of a vehicle leaving the area. The investigation determined that two local youths had been shooting a potatoe gun in the area and no damage was found to have been done to any buildings. The youths were warned to use caution in the future when using their home made potatoe launcher as people obviously mistake it for a real firearm which the police take very seriously.
On Saturday September 26th 2015, the Kitimat RCMP Detachment received a complaint from a local businessman reporting that overnight, a window in one of his company trucks had been broken. The truck had been left unlocked and nothing was taken. The vehicle was parked in a remote area of the service centre and is under investigation. All motorists are advised to lock their vehicles and refrain from leaving any money, valuables or identification inside.
The Kitimat RCMP wishes to remind drivers of the upcoming winter driving season. With the winter season comes frequent dangerous driving conditions. Motorists are reminded to take extra precautions on slippery and icy roads and allow more time and space to stop their vehicles.
Winter tires marked with a mountain/ snowflake symbol on the sidewall offer the best traction on snow and ice and in cold weather. Tires marked with an M+S, offer better traction than summer tires, but are less effective than mountain/snowflake tires in severe winter conditions. As per the BC Motor Vehicle Act, most B.C. highways require passenger vehicles to use M+S or mountain/snowflake tires, and commercial vehicles to carry chains between October 1 and March 31. M+S tires are a winter tire for compliance with current highway signage requirements. However, for good winter driving performance, especially in severe winter conditions, tires with the mountain/snowflake symbol depicted on the tire’s sidewalls are recommended.
The Kitimat Municipal Code also contains a bylaw that prohibits a vehicle to be operated between November 1st and March 31st unless such motor vehicle is using chains, or winter tires, or tires equipped with studs, or any combination thereof within the municipal boundaries.
If anyone has knowledge of these crimes or any other or who is responsible, please contact the Kitimat RCMP at 250-632-7111. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit their web site at www.crimestoppers.ca
They are open 24/7. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display and calls are not traced or recorded. You do not have to give your name, address or telephone number and you do not need to testify in court. If your information leads to an arrest or charge you may be eligible for a cash award of up to $2000.00.